The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 commenced on February, 2013. This act serves as a replacement of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 1964 and the Motor Salvage Operators Regulations of 2002. People who buy and sell scrap metals in are required to get a license from there District Council. This contains your name, the name of the authority, the site of your operations and the expiration date of the license. However, this license may be revoked if you are proven unfit to run such type of business or commit any relevant offense. Before starting the operations you must also be oriented of the guidelines set by the Environment Agency and the Natural Resources Body for Wales. This new act appoints the local authorities to be the official regulator of the scrap metal industries. This was approved so that local authorities can better modulate the industry of scrap metals by having the power to revoke license applications from unfit dealers as well as to enforce the licensing scene with the police.
The issue of metal theft has been named as one of the major factors which have significantly impacted most businesses, communities and the councils as well. A survey conducted in 2012 indicates that the council has fallen as an apparent victim of metal theft and further indicates that a total of £5.25 million is lost annually.
The new licensing regime contained in the act gives the local authorities powers to run and administer licenses to whoever operates this business.Find out all the information about the latest Scrap Metal Dealer Act 2013.
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